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The National Geographic Channel has admitted that its Scam City TV series uses actors paid to stage crimes.
Presenter Conor Woodman was in on the act, but he remains belligerent about it. The City of Amsterdam did not take the broadcast lying down.
With Netflix rebroadcasting some of the episodes, it pays to take another look at, well, the Scam City scam.
Amsterdam has entered the top ten of the world’s most popular cities as defined by IPSOS, a global marketing and research firm. And it remains the most livable city in the Netherlands — despite its high crime rate. (Yes, tourists are partly to blame for the latter…)
One quarter of Amsterdam — ‘the Venice of the North — consists of water, including 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals.
So it is not surprising that the city sees a number of drowning incidents each year.
What may come as a surprise, though, is the reason many of these victims end up in the water.
Updated to include the latest statistics.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District is home to a bronze statue in honor of prostitutes around the world.
Situated in front of the Old Church, the oldest building in the city, it is the first and only such monument anywhere.
Amsterdam is Europe’s eight most popular city destination for international tourists.
It also ranks in 27th place on a listing of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals.
The organization behind the index does not that places such as Venice, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam, are suffering from excessive tourism.
As part of nationwide policy of discouraging drug use among underage youth, Amsterdam is closing 31 cannabis cafes (known as ‘coffeeshops’) that are located too close to high schools.
But Amsterdam remains the Coffeeshop Capital of the World.
Update, December 18, 2013:: 3 coffeeshops on the list will not have to close after all
A boat tour of Amsterdam’s canals is a sightseeing must — one that frequently tops the list of Holland’s most popular tourist attractions.
Picturesque? Sure. But there’s something in the water the tourist office doesn’t tell you about.
Under certain conditions it is legal for citizens of Amsterdam to rent out their privately-owned homes via Airbnb and similiar services.
Airbnb, which currently has a market share of 12% of the city’s hotel sector, collects tourist tax on behalf of the city.
Meanwhile, Amsterdam is putting more restrictive polices in place in an effort to address the many problem caused by Airbnb and similar platforms.
A court has ruled that the city of Amsterdam is within its right in closing a number of cannabis cafes in the center of town.
The closures are part of a project to upgrade Amsterdam’s medieval center.
Famous cannabis café The Grasshopper, which often was the first stop for Amsterdam tourists in search of marijuana, has lost its license to operate.
The coffeeshop is one of the first victims of Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam.